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We put you at the center of all our cancer care. From the minute you walk through our doors, we are focused on one thing: Providing the right care for you, based on your circumstances, needs and preferences.
U.S. News & World Report considers us among the top-performing programs in the country for cancer care. We are the #1 adult hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville. This ranking recognizes more than our advanced technology and commitment to cancer research. It recognizes our patient-centered approach. We are here to answer all your questions, explain the results of tests, discuss treatment options with you and help you plan for life after treatment ends.
When you choose Vanderbilt-Ingram for cancer care, you are choosing one of the top cancer centers in the Southeast:
You can take steps to lower your risk of developing cancer. These include healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a nutritious diet, quitting smoking and exercising regularly. Getting screened for certain cancers can lead to better results, because when we detect cancer earlier, we can treat it more successfully.
Knowing your risk factors for certain cancers and when to begin regular screenings is an important part of staying healthy. Talk to your doctor about your family history, medical history and lifestyle to determine when you should begin screenings. Learn more about prevention and screening.
Diagnosis is the first step in treating cancer. A precise diagnosis will confirm the presence of cancer, its exact location and if it has spread. The right diagnosis is key to all future decisions.
At Vanderbilt-Ingram, we use advanced diagnostic technology that can target the suspicious area precisely, so we get a more exact diagnosis with fewer tests. Specialists involved in diagnosis, called pathologists, are key members of our team. We are committed to getting answers quickly.
Once we diagnose and stage the cancer (determine how advanced it is and if it has spread), we discuss your treatment options with you. We encourage you to be an active member of your care team, and we will take time to answer your questions or concerns about your diagnosis or treatment. We will discuss the risks and benefits of the different treatment methods as well as determine if you are eligible for a clinical trial.
Our cancer treatment team – including surgeons, oncologists and radiation therapists – uses the latest techniques to give you a precise, safe and effective treatment. We also discuss the long-term effects of treatments so we can work with you to determine a plan that will give you a high quality of life. Find out more about cancer treatments at Vanderbilt-Ingram.
Our care extends beyond cancer treatments. We offer many support services to help you manage all aspects of your care, from dealing with logistics, traveling and insurance to making sure you have the emotional and psychological support you need. Learn more about our support services.
After cancer treatment has ended, you may have many questions and worries about your post-treatment life. The REACH for Cancer Survivorship Program is a special survivorship program that provides the full spectrum of services you need for managing your life after cancer treatments.
We also offer the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine that uses research-based therapies to complement your treatment. Other survivorship resources include our:
Learn more about our survivorship program.
We work with providers around the region to deliver effective, personalized cancer care to their patients. Our team collaborates, consults and communicates with referring physicians before, during and after a patient’s treatment. Together, we help your patients get the appropriate care they need.
We also offer consultation from our molecular tumor board for patients with next generation DNA sequencing results (somatic or germline) being treated at Vanderbilt or elsewhere. Physicians may submit cases for review using our secure online form.